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Castillo Hired as State FFA Executive Secretary

LAS CRUCES -- Saundra Castillo began work recently with New Mexico State University's agricultural and Extension education department as the executive secretary of the New Mexico FFA Association.

Castillo will coordinate conferences and youth leadership activities at district, state and national FFA levels. She also will plan events for the New Mexico FFA Alumni and conduct teacher in-service training for vocational agriculture teachers across the state.

Castillo will assist with student recruitment and career placement in the agricultural and Extension education department.

She comes to NMSU from Tularosa Municipal Schools where she taught biology and anatomy. Before that, she coached horticulture FFA judging teams and taught horticulture and biology at Clovis Municipal Schools.

"I believe there are many opportunities for youth in FFA and there is a place for any student to shine," Castillo said. "FFA is a great tool to help students become successful in life."

Castillo received two bachelor's degrees from NMSU, one in horticulture and the other in agricultural and Extension education. In 1993 and 1994, she coached the state horticulture teams to prepare them for national competition. The 1993 nursery/landscape team went on to place 10th in the nation and the 1994 floriculture team placed sixth nationwide.